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March '19

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A&E MARCH 2019 • a-e-mag.com 29 Step Three, Part One: Prepare your plaque by removing any protective plastic and dust from the imprintable surface. Step Three, Part Two: Turn the plaque imaging side down and center on your printed design. Step Three, Part Four: Wrap the transfer paper around the plaque and secure to the back with heat tape. Step Three, Part Three: Turn the plaque and transfer over to make sure the transfer is placed so that it covers all edges of the imprintable space. Step Three, Part Five: Place the plaque in your heat press with the transfer side up. Then place a sheet of protective paper on top and close the press. The final product is unique and will command a higher price. STEP 3: PRESS If there is a protective film on your plaque, carefully peel it off. Wipe down the surface of the plaque with alcohol and a lint-free towel. You can also roll a lint roller over the surface to remove any dust particles that you may not be able to see. Place a sheet of protective paper on the bottom platen of your press. Then align the plaque to the transfer. This can be tricky with thick plaques, so make sure that you check all edges to make sure they align and center with your design. Also, make sure that the keyhole in the back is in the correct position for hanging the finished plaque (usually at the top of the design). Once your plaque is aligned, fold the excess paper around the edge of the plaque and use heat tape to affix to the back. Flip over your plaque with the taped transfer, so that the paper is now facing the top platen. Place a sheet of protective paper over the plaque, check that your time, temperature, and pressure settings are accurate, then close the press. When the timer beeps, carefully open the press. Your plaque may be stuck to the top platen, as a vacuum seal can form after the press closes. Simply wait a few seconds for the plaque to unseal and fall to the bottom platen. Remove the top layer of protective paper and rip the transfer up the middle of the plaque. This will stop the sublimation process and reduce the chance of ghosting, which is the unin- tended transfer of ink to your substrate due to shifting the transfer. NOTE: These directions differ with different types of plaques. Always check your dealer or manufacturer's instructions before pressing. T h a t's i t ! Su b l i m a t e d p l a q u e s i s striking, beautiful, and easy to do. You can also charge a premium for adding photos to these awards, which make them not only unique, but even more profit- able. If you haven't tried these yet, now is a great time. A&E

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